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Buster Keaton's Midwestern Roots

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When you think of silent films, the iconic Charlie Chaplin may come to mind. But true film fans know that Buster Keaton joins him as one of the most important silent film actors of all time. The great stone face was known for his wildly acrobatic maneuvers. What is less known is that his formative years were spent in Muskegon, Michigan. Keaton's childhood was spent touring with his family on the vaudeville circuit. But his summers were spent at an actor’s colony in Muskegon founded by his father.

This weekend, the town hosts the 13th annual Buster Keaton Convention. For Chicago Public Radio, Yolando Perdomo reports that Keaton's connections to the Midwest are evident today.

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